An planning appeal against the decision by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to reject planning permission for student accommodation on Sandwick Road, Stornoway, has been allowed after a Scottish Government inquiry.  

The proposal is for a 60-room student residence, with 65-space car park and heat pumps on land adjacent to the car park opposite the CnES office in Sandwick Road and backing on to the industrial area of Newton. 

The plan was rejected in November on the grounds that it would introduce a residential use on to a site adjacent to a commercial and general industrial area.  A representative of the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division inspected the site in February.